Collapsible Bike Trailer Has Comfortable Bunk for Camper (Jul, 1935)
I’ve always wanted a bike with an attached sleeping coffin.
Collapsible Bike Trailer Has Comfortable Bunk for Camper
A COLLAPSIBLE bicycle trailer which can be converted into comfortable sleeping quarters has been built by Joseph Do-rocke, 25-year-old Chicago youth. With it he intends to make an 8-months bicycle tour of America, retiring at night in his ingenious sleeping compartment.
Build Your Own Diving Helmet (Jun, 1933)
This is another one of those things that would never get by the liability lawyers today.
BUILDING a DIVING Helmet
Improvement follows improvement in the design of home made diving helmets as amateur divers become more and more acquainted with their use. This one of Hoag’s is the last word in helmets so far published by good old M-M.
ALL the thrills of exploring the lake bottom are yours with this simply constructed diving helmet; and, if you do not dive too deep, you are in no particular danger, either. Besides its use in recovering lost outboard motors at a substantial profit, the helmet will give you one of the most interesting experiences of your life; for until you have breathed and walked at leisure under water, you have missed something. It will take a good deal of nerve to go down the first time, but after that it will just be fun.
Mini Flight Simulator (Jan, 1936)
After they were decommissioned by the Air Force thousands of the these simulators had coin slots attached to them and were redeployed outside of U.S. supermarkets along with race car and horsey simulators.
BLIND FLYING IN A DUMMY PLANE
A BLIND flying trainer, assembled from miscellaneous player piano, automobile and airplane parts, is furnishing efficient blind flying instruction to army pilots at March Field, California.
The “synthetic” airplane is mounted atop a ball joint and pivot. Lateral and longitudinal stability is controlled by four banks of bellows which function according to the movements of a regulation airplane control stick. A backward pull on the stick, for example, raises the elevators and throws the tail of the “plane” down by releasing the pressure in the rear bellows while the forward bellows retains its pressure. The process is reversed when the stick is moved forward.
Compressed Air to Shoot Packages Into Moving Train (Jun, 1933)
Sounds great, what could possibly go wrong?
Compressed Air to Shoot Packages Into Moving Train
ENGAGING the attention of mechanical engineers who are trying to figure out ways and means of restoring the railroads to a profit-making basis, is the idea illustrated above, in which a torpedo-tube containing packages of mail or express is shot into the funnel-like car at the rear of a moving train, making it unnecessary to stop and pick up small shipments.
NEW TRICKS for FIDO (Dec, 1946)
FIDO stands for (Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operations) and seems to consist of using giant flame throwers to burn away the fog…
NEW TRICKS for FIDO
Gliding out of a fog and into fair visibility, a C-47 prepares to land at the Navy’s Landing Aids Experiment Station, Areata, Calif. The flames burning off the mist are part of a new fog-dispersion system called ELMERâ€”a refinement of Britain’s wartime FIDO.
At a central control board, an operator turns on lights and fog-chasing burners at Areata. ELMER has cut the costs of landing a plane in a fog to $150 as compared with the $4,000 average expense of using FIDO.
ELMER, in full glory below, is a line of tri-nozzle heads that atomize Diesel oil under high pressure and shoot curtains of flame into the air on both sides of the runway to vaporize the fog. A hot-wire setup provides instantaneous ignition of the oil.
LATEST BOATING SPORT… Sailing Midget Ships (May, 1938)
These are really cool. I love the idea of making scale models that you can actually sail around in.
LATEST BOATING SPORT… Sailing Midget Ships
By ARTHUR A. STUART
AMATEUR boat builders in many parts of the world are going down to the sea in midget ships. They are putting off in men-of-war, square-rigged traders, ocean liners, and superdreadnoughts barely larger than rowboats, yet reproducing in every detail ships that are famous in nautical history.